2016 Nebraska Rural Poll Reports

Housing in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska: Perceptions of Supply and Condition

released November 2, 2016

Lack of affordable and quality housing in a community can impact its ability to attract new residents and needed workforce. In addition, retirees and young families desire different styles of housing. Given these challenges, what housing programs or priorities do rural Nebraskans support? How do they rate various housing characteristics in their community? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Community Satisfaction and Marketing in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska

released October 5, 2016

Recent Census estimates reveal more Nebraska counties saw population growth during the past five years compared to the previous decade. However, many rural counties continue to experience population loss. This loss leads to many issues faced by rural communities such as funding public services and recruiting new residents as well as many others. Given these challenges, how do rural Nebraskans feel about their community? Are they satisfied with the services provided by their community? Are they planning to move from their community in the next year? Have these views changed over the past 21 years? How would rural Nebraskans rate items in their community to a person looking to move there? What are the political views held by rural Nebraskans and their community? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Nonmetropolitan Nebraskans' Perceptions of Local Schools

Released September 8, 2016

Each year in the Rural Poll, most rural Nebraskans report being satisfied with K – 12 education in their community. However, discussion on how to finance schools and still provide property tax relief frequently occurs among residents of the state. Given these challenges, what priorities do rural Nebraskans have for their local school? How satisfied are they with these same characteristics at their local school? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

Perceptions of Well-Being in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska

Released August 8, 2016

Certain indicators have pointed to overall economic growth in Nebraska. The state’s unemployment rate has remained among the lowest in the nation and wages have increased. However, net farm income continued to decline last year and employment growth in the state has been largely concentrated in the metropolitan counties. Given the challenges and uncertainties of recent years, how do rural Nebraskans believe they are doing and how do they view their future? How satisfied are they with various items that influence their well-being? Have these views changed over the past 21 years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.


Broadband and Mobile Internet Services in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska

Released June 20, 2016

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that home broadband adoption has plateaued in the United States. In addition, there has been an increase in adults who use a smartphone to access the Internet but do not have traditional broadband service in their home. Given these national trends, how do rural Nebraskans access the Internet? Are they accessing the Internet from their cell phones? Are they subscribing to high-speed Internet services at home? How satisfied are they with their Internet services? How important do they feel Internet access is for various items? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.